What you should know about Irregular Heart Beat and Arrhythmia
If you have experienced irregular heart beat, palpitations, rapid heartbeat, dizziness and shortness of breath, it is likely that you have developed an irregular heartbeat, also called arrhythmia. Millions suffer from this condition, which most often occurs in people between the ages of 50-70. Approximately 30%-60% of individuals in this age group suffer from some form of arrhythmia at one point in their lives.
The human heart has a defined electrical system made up of cells. This system creates the electrical impulse that is responsible for inducing a heartbeat. The heartbeat assures that blood is pumped continuously under a variety of physiologic conditions, such as when we are asleep and when we are physically active.
Each heartbeat represents a remarkable coordinated cellular effort aimed at maintaining regular and timely contraction and relaxation of the entire heart muscle. There are specific groups of heart cells that generate and conduct the electrical impulses for the regular heartbeat. These cells form two bulks (the sinus node and the AV node), which function like biological batteries. They generate the energy for the heartbeat that assures the coordinated and rhythmical contractions of the entire heart muscle.
In an adult, the heart beats approximately 60-70 times per minute. In children and adolescents, the heart rate is higher, beating approximately 85-90 times per minute. You can measure the frequency of your heartbeat by taking your pulse. In patients with heart disease, a doctor will perform a more accurate test called an electrocardiogram (ECG). This test monitors the pattern of heart contractions, and it can also identify specific forms of irregular heartbeat, such as:
Tachycardias – frequent heartbeat(more than 100 beats per minute)
Brachycardias – slow heartbeat(less than 60 beats per minute)
Arrhythmias– irregular frequency of heartbeat
HEART BEAT ILLUSTRATED
National Geographic has a fabulous ''movie'' of a
YouTube has many great videos of various heart beats, and here is one of
an irregular heart beat.
WHY CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE HAS FAILED IN SOLVING ARRHYTHMIA
In most cases, conventional medicine cannot explain why arrhythmia develops. To cover this fact, the diagnostic term “paroxysmal arrhythmia” was introduced, which simply means the causes of irregular heartbeat are unknown. Because conventional medicine does not recognize the deficiency of bio-energy in the heart muscle cells as the primary cause of arrhythmia, it can only offer symptomatic treatments.
These treatments include pacemakers (implanted metal devices that generate electrical impulses), cauterization procedures (electrical burning of a part of the heart muscle to redirect electrical impulses), and anti-arrhythmic pharmaceutical drugs that merely mask symptoms. More significantly, almost all these drugs have severe side effects. The most important and frequent of these side effects are the generation of even more irregular heartbeats and, not infrequently, cessation of the heartbeat (sudden cardiac death).
The Cellular Health approach to arrhythmia differs substantially from the conventional medical approach. This new understanding about the basis of health and diseases developed by Matthias Rath, M.D. investigates the underlying causes of diseases by analyzing the function and nutritional needs of the body’s cells.
In order to generate electricity, the “electrical” cells of the heart need large amounts of bio-energy. Therefore, they require a constant supply of nutrients (bio-catalysts), which are essential for the conversion of food into cellular energy. The most critical among these nutrients are coenzyme Q-10, carnitine, the B vitamins, lysine and vitamin C, along with magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
For optimum biological effect, the nutrients must complement and support each other in synergy. They provide basic biological fuel for optimum function of all cells, but particularly for the electrical cells of the heart, which have extraordinary nutritional demands. If we do not provide our bodies with optimum amounts of these micronutrients, the heart cells will fail to properly generate and conduct electrical impulses. An irregular heartbeat will develop as a result.
It cannot be easily explained why conventional medicine has overlooked this simple fact. Instead of ensuring that the heart receives an optimum supply of energy-generating nutrients, conventional medicine has relied on mechanical devices and pharmaceutical drugs that have severe side effects.
A 10-year-old child can understand that a flashlight cannot operate without “physical” electricity from batteries. In the same way, doctors and patients must accept the fact that the cellular electrical impulses needed for the heartbeat require a continuous supply of “biological” energy.
Cellular Health takes advantage of this logical approach. It has defined a nutrient program that has already improved irregular heartbeat conditions in thousands of patients. In order to provide definite scientific proof about the effectiveness of this program, we conducted a clinical study with the objective of providing indisputable evidence about the efficacy of the Cellular Health approach in patients suffering from arrhythmia.
There's nothing fishy about fish oil ability to protect your heart
This is according to a new study. Researchers say the omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, and bluefish can prevent sudden cardiac death by blocking fatal heart rhythms.
Sudden cardiac death -- a sudden, unexpected death caused by loss of heart function -- is blamed for more than 300,000 deaths annually in the U.S. Researchers say sudden cardiac death accounts for more than 50% of heart-related deaths.
Eating fish has long been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, but until now researchers have been unable to provide laboratory evidence to explain this heart-healthy effect.
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Why Fish Oil Is Good
In a new study, published in the May 27 issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers found that omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils are stored in the cell membranes of heart cells and can prevent sudden cardiac death by blocking potentially fatal heart rhythms.
In an animal study, researchers found that adding omega-3 fatty acids to heart cells prevented deadly heart rhythms that would have been normally induced by toxins. Researchers say this protective effect might explain the lower rates of heart-related death found in previous studies on fish oil.
What's the Best Way to Get Your Fish Oil?
Fresh fish or frozen fish are the best source of omega-3 fatty acids, says researcher Alexander Leaf, MD, professor of clinical medicine emeritus at Harvard University, in a news release. Canned tuna packed in water is also a good source. But Leaf says tuna packed in oil is not a good choice because the extra oil will extract the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids from the fish.
Time to Get Serious
In an editorial that accompanies the study, David S. Siscovick, MD, MPH, of the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues say these findings clearly show that it's time to get serious about the American Heart Association's dietary guidelines, which recommend eating one to two fish meals, particularly fatty fish, per week.
They say eating modest amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in healthy people and low-dose fish oil supplements in people with a history of heart attack are low-cost, safe ways to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death.
If you do not provide the proper potassium, the following could be coming your way --- nervous disorders, insomnia, constipation, slow & irregular heartbeat, muscle damage. Fatigue is most common symptom of a potassium deficiency, along with muscle weakness and slow reflexes.
Tobacco and caffeine reduce potassium absorption. Potassium is essential for the healthy function of all cells, tissues and organs. Also an electrolyte necessary for building muscle, protein synthesis, and carbohydrate metabolism, potassium helps regulate ph in the body and the transfer of nutrients across cell membranes - with the latter decreasing with age. It is important for a regular heart rhythm. Do not take a potassium supplement unless tested for the deficiency.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. It is involved in more than 300 biochemical processes, including maintaining normal muscle and nerve function, supporting the immune system, regulating blood sugar levels, promoting normal blood pressure, and managing energy metabolism and protein and nucleic acid synthesis.
Treatment with diuretics (water pills), some antibiotics, and some medicine used to treat cancer, such as Cisplatin, can increase the loss of magnesium in urine. Other causes of magnesium loss and deficiency include poorly controlled diabetes and alcohol use. Signs of magnesium deficiency include confusion, disorientation, loss of appetite, depression, muscle contractions and cramps, tingling, numbness, abnormal heart rhythms, coronary spasm, and seizures.
HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) can interfere with the heart's use of minerals such as magnesium, copper and chromium. Look at your labels! Even ketchup, salad dressing, sauces have it!
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